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SXSW 2018: Spoon University to host food panels, networking at Capital Factory

Addie Broyles

The official list of unofficial events featuring food panels is growing. First, I told you about the four-day Land O’Lakes events, here’s info about Spoon University‘s one-day event next week.

On Tuesday, March 13, Spoon University is hosting a one-day event called Brainfood Bites, a three-hour event featuring speakers in the food industry and food from companies including Aketta, Austin Eastciders, Chameleon Cold-Brew, Deep Eddy Vodka OddPop, Sieta, Prohibition Creamery and Primizie Flatbread Crisps.

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Admission costs $25 and includes a swag bag. Ten percent of ticket sales will go to Creative Action in support of their mission to spark and support the academic, social and emotional development of young people in local Austin communities through the arts.

According to the online food publication based in New York, the mission of Brainfood Bites is “to drive conversation around the future of food within local communities, while connecting young food lovers to the best food, flavors and industry professionals in their area. For the first time ever, we’re coming to ATX to take a deeper dive into the booming Austin food scene, uncovering how local Austin brands are scaling their ideas into businesses and using technology + innovation to make waves in the food industry at large.”

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The event starts at 4 p.m. at Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St., with a chance to sample drinks and small bites. After an introduction from Spoon University founders Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler, Austin mayor Steve Adler, who happens to be Sarah’s dad, will talk about Austin’s food culture at 4:50 p.m..

The rest of the programming is as follows:

5:10 p.m . The Secrets to Scalability: from Idea to Business to Scale: Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett, Laura Aidan, founder of Prohibition Creamery, Vernoica Garza, co-founder of Siete Foods and Joi Chevalier, founder of Cook’s Nook.

5:50 p.m. Technology & Innovations that are Shaping the Future of Food: Genevieve Gilbreath, managing director of SKU, Jon Carter, head of digital strategy at Snap Kitchen, Robyn Metcalfe, director of Food + City, Dan Brooks, Vital Farms’ director of brand communications

6:25 p.m. Networking + Mingling with the marketplace and open bar